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  • Brandon 10:50 pm on September 7, 2010 Permalink
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    User Requested Player Ranks – Week 1 

    With only two days until the beginning of the 2010-11 NFL season, we’ve already received our first request for our annual Sit/Start post for week 1. While I agree that it’s the right time for some sit and start advice, this season FFGeekBlog is going in a slightly different direction in terms of how we distribute this information.

    In the past we’ve limited our sit and start recommendations to a couple players from each position. The reason for this was primarily time constraints, as it would take a long time for us to go through every player in every game and give our thoughts, only to have our readers ignore 75% of those rankings. Because of this I thought up a new idea, where our reader’s Ask the Geeks e-mails and comments contribute dynamically to our rankings for the week.

    As you can see below, I’ve kicked off the week’s rankings with the players on my own fantasy teams. You can automatically determine who to start and sit based on where they show on the ranks. As more questions come in (or simply comments with a couple players names listed) we’ll add them to the rankings as soon as possible. The end result should be a player ranking list for each position, listing only the players that our readers care about for the given week. Maybe we end up with nearly all the players at a certain position listed, but at least it will be at a slower rate and will allow us to think a bit more about each player as we add them to the list.

    Please feel free to start posting your player questions, along with any questions/comments about this new format. Hopefully it goes well and is something we can have going the entire year. For a permalink to the rankings for the week, view the Google Docs spreadsheet here.

    • Shane 12:07 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have a quick question about Defenses for this week.
      Would you start the Jets D vs. Baltimore on Monday night or Bears D vs. Det?

      Also where does MJD fall into your rankings?

    • TJ 3:16 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wondering how you’d rank these guys: Non PPR, I’ve got them as follows:

      RB (need 2)
      Rice vs Jets
      A Foster vs IND
      R Grant vs PHI
      Best vs CHI
      – can’t sit Rice, but he could have a bad day…

      WR (need 2)
      R White vs PIT
      M Floyd vs KC
      J Knox vs DET
      Garcon vs HOU

      WR FA pickup – I have room to pick up one more, from:
      – Gaffney, Jacoby Jones, L Robinson, Massaquoi, any Mike Williams

      NE, ATL , ARI, CAR (Have NE now, ATL or ARI look good vs PIT & STL this week)


      • TJ 3:22 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I also have LT at RB, near the bottom of that group

      • Brandon 8:54 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Added them to the rankings. As for your free agent WR pickup, I’d go with Jacoby Jones to start the season. People are loving Jabar Gaffney for some reason this year, but I’m not as high on him. Massaquoi could become a solid WR3 if he can find some consistency with Jake Delhomme, but Jones has the most upside to start the year.

      • Todd 11:04 pm on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Brandon Marshall VS Buffalo?
        Larry Fitz VS St Louis

    • Chris 10:31 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      PPR need 2 – JStew, Moreno, or RBush


      • Brandon 10:42 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Added Moreno and Stewart to the list. Go with Bush (healthiest and best for PPR) and Stewart, who seems to be healthier than Moreno at this point and is a better running back to begin with.

    • Fit 10:47 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply


      Here is my roster, I had 12th pick in a 12 man draft, so I wasnt looking forward to it, but thought it turned out alright, especially with how I’ll improve a lot after week 4 with Holmes and Big Ben. Will prob use one of my quarterbacks as trade bait at that point to upgrade at some other position. I only really have a few questions though for week one ranks at WR, RB and D/ST.

      QB Brees vs MIN
      WR Ocho @ NE
      WR Ward vs ATL
      WR Garcon @ HOU
      RB Grant @ PHI
      RB Best @ CHI
      TE Olsen vs DET
      K Gould vs DET
      DEF CIN @ NE

      RB Forte vs DET
      QB Roeth N/A
      WR Holmes N/A
      RB L.T. vs BAL
      WR R. WIlliams @ WAS
      TE Shockey vs MIN

      I feel like Forte may be a safer bet for week one than Best. Your thoughts? Just curious to see your week 1 placement for Ocho, Ward, Garcon and Williams, though I’ll probably keep it as is, unless I find that the colts wont play Garcon in week one. (heard of possible light injury, nothing serious) and also I have CIN at D, but I realize they are playing at NE week 1 but feel they will do well over the course of the season. Both TEN and ARI are still available in my league for week one. Is it safe to drop CIN, and be able to pick them back up later?

      FINAL NOTE: V. Jackson is still available in my league. Should I drop Williams and pick him up? or wait a couple weeks to see how Jackson’s situation goes. I know its a risk, but it could still give great rewards after Jackson comes back…

      Sorry for the long post. Would be greatful to hear your thoughts!!!

      • Brandon 2:33 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just added the rest of your guys to the list. Sorry for the delay, but your long post scared me πŸ™‚ Anyways, go with Forte over Best in at least week one. I have a good feeling about Forte this year.

        As for your receivers, stick with Ochocinco, Ward and Garcon. For defense, you may as well stick with the Bengals if you don’t like picking up and dropping every week. I don’t like their matchup this week though!

        As for V-Jax, I’d give him a week or so to see what is going on. You might need Roy Williams to fill a hole in your roster in the first few weeks and Jackson won’t be able to do that (same with Holmes.) Good luck!

    • The Don 11:14 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sean Brestion vs Braylon edwards vs Jabar Gafeny

      • Matt 1:21 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Who the hell is Sean Brestion? I’m going to guess you meant Steve Breaston – between him, Edwards and Gaffney I’d go with Gaffney, who’s the #1 guy in Denver and has a nice matchup with the Jaguars.

      • Brandon 1:35 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Added them to the rankings…take a look!

    • Tanner 11:38 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’d like to see Ryan Matthews on the RB list…I’ve got to make a call between him and Arian Foster for my #2 slot.

      • Matt 1:26 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I like Foster this week – my main concern with Mathews is whether he’s going to get any share of the goal-line action, so given that you have a comparable option without the same concerns, I’d go with Foster instead.

      • Brandon 1:35 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Added Mathews to the list!

      • Tanner 1:36 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you both for your reply!

    • Adam 1:36 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Lots of ? Cedric Benson or Jerome Harrison? Johnny Knox or Jabar Gaffney?

    • Mike 2:12 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      First: wow, you’re putting Bush ahead of Benson? Those are 2 of my players, so I have to think about that one. What is the specific reasoning?

      Also, please add:
      – DeAngelo Williams
      – Ronnie Brown
      – CJ Spiller (and Fred Jackson)

      – Hines Ward
      – Devin Hester

      Thanks in advance! It’s a PPR league, with 2 (RB), 2 (WR), 1 (RB/WR), 1 (WR/TE), K, DEF, QB. I will start Brady (QB), Fitzgerald (WR) and Clark (WR/TE) for sure. Right now I have Benson, De-Angelo, and Ronnie Brown also starting, as well as Hines Ward, and Pats defense.

      • Brandon 2:32 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        My bad on Benson, he’s been adjusted slightly. The reason why he’s lower than you might think though is based on A) the Patriots pretty solid run defense from last season (only allowed 6 rushing touchdowns) and B) the fact that I think the Bengals will be passing all day long on a VERY young and inexperienced New England secondary. Reggie Bush has looked great in the preseason and I expect big things out of him this season. However, running against the Vikings defense will be a little tougher than my original rankings may have led on.

        I’ll add the other players shortly!

    • Angel 3:21 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Pierre Thomas or LeSean McCoy?

    • Hatch 3:34 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Minn D @ NO or Mia D @ Buff?? and where do you put Miles Austin in on your WR ranks for the week

    • Chris 7:46 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can you add Eli Manning to the list? (Its between him and Stafford).

      Also WR’s (non PPR) are Randy Moss, Terrel Owens, Gregg Jennings, Pierre Garcon, and Mike Williams (TB). Need 3. I’m leaning towards Moss, Jennings and GArcon.

      RB’s are Matthews, Moreno, and Foster…I’m leaning towards Mathews and Foster, which is what you above list shows.

      12 Team League.

      • Brandon 10:27 am on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Added them to the list. It’s close between Garcon and T.O., but I’ll give Garcon the benefit of the doubt because of his quarterback and the fact that we really have no idea how Owens will fit into the offense to start the year.

    • Mike Ditka 8:50 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can you add Sims-Walker, Harvin to the list. Thanks

    • Tempest 9:55 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Newbie here.

      RBs – What about Marion Barber, Steven Jackson, Matt Forte?

      For my WR I’m thinking of playing Braylon Edwards instead of Robert Meachum. Wise decision?

    • Steve 1:07 am on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      which one of these four RBs should I bench?

      LeSean McCoy
      Joseph Addai
      Shonn Greene
      Jahvid Best

      • Brandon 10:02 am on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Updated the list. I have Jahvid Best as the odd man out, only because he’s a complete wild card and you really have no clue what to expect out of him in week 1.

    • Jones 5:14 am on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Does this mean no more start/sit?

      • Jones 5:15 am on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m going to sit my reading comprehension this week.

      • Brandon 10:16 am on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, nope, this is the new Sit/Start. If you want a better explanation for a certain ranking or two, just leave a comment and I can elaborate. Otherwise, I was just trying to cut down on extraneous work and focusing on the information that our readers want.

    • B.T. 11:21 am on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Michael Turner?

    • Nero 12:43 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve got:

      RB Steven Jackson
      RB LeSean McCoy
      RB Ronnie Brown
      RB Ricky Williams

      I need to start 3 of these guys (2 RB positions and one Flex) – who would you start? I’m seriously contemplating starting Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, as well as Steven Jackson of course, meaning McCoy is relegated to the bench – would you say that is a good move?

      • Brandon 2:09 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        At least for week one I have to recommend you start Jackson, Brown and McCoy. I assume you drafted McCoy ahead of Williams because you thought he’d have a better season, so why change your mind before the first game? I’m not usually a fan of starting two players at the same position on the same team in the same week unless there’s a REALLY good match-up, but it’s hard to tell at this point that that is the case. Good luck!

    • Alphadog 12:46 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Where does Portis rank this week? Also, for the year, you think Portis of old or just plain old?

      Also for PPR WR3 Nanee, D. Mason, or Bess?

      • Brandon 2:05 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just added Portis to the list, so take a look. As for the rest of the season, I doubt you’ll see the Clinton Portis from his prime. Expect 70-90 yards and maybe a touchdown every third game or so, but anything more would be pushing it. Larry Johnson will cut into his carries as they try to keep him healthy for the entire year.

        I’ve also added Mason to the ranks and I have him right above Naanee, so go with him until you know what you’re getting out of Legedu.

    • Nero 12:47 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      in my other league I’m contemplating a couple of players:

      I have to start 2 WR, 2 RB, and one Flex (WR/RB/TE) – this was a 14-team league, hence the players you will see:

      WR Anquan Boldin
      WR Robert Meachem
      WR Mike Williams (SEA)
      RB Jamaal Charles
      RB C.J. Spiller
      RB Jerome Harrison
      TE Vernon Davis

      So, for my WRs, I’m currently starting Boldin (of course) and Meachem – so it’s between Meachem and Williams (SEA), so I think Meachem is gonna have a better day – do you agree?

      For my RBs, I’ve got Jamaal Charles, C.J. Spiller in – and now the question, for the flex, whom should I start? Vernon Davis or Jerome Harrison?

      • Brandon 2:13 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        To start the season I have to recommend starting Boldin and Meachem at WR until you know exactly what to expect from Mike Williams. Remember, this was a guy who was a failure in Detroit, Oakland and Tennessee…not a great start to his career.

        As for RB and Flex, I’d actually go with Jamaal Charles and Jerome Harrison as your running backs, with Spiller as your flex play. Harrison has a great match-up this week and the odds of those three having big games is probably a bit higher than Vernon Davis’. It’s interesting that you don’t have a pure TE spot though. I can’t imagine a lot of teams are starting a tight end on a consistent basis in your league except Clark/Gates/Finley maybe.

        • Nero 3:15 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Brandon, thanks for the that. You answered both questions to what I already had as my lineup … I have Williams on the bench as well as Davis; since this was a 14-team league, we decided not to have a TE spot and make that part of the Flex, and you are right – most folks aren’t starting a TE and some didn’t even draft one – but I got VD since he almost posted 1000 yards and got 13 TD’s as well; people are starting Clark, Gates, Finley … so I think I’ll keep the 3 RB’s in …


    • nic 3:20 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      looking for some week 1 advice…non ppr standard league 1QB 2rb 2wr 1rb/wr 1te

      My team
      Qb- Farve
      Rb- Turner
      Rb- MJD
      RB- Benson
      Rb- forte
      Wr- Jennings
      Wr- Harvin
      Wr- S. Smith nyg
      Wr- Welker
      Wr- Aromashadu
      Te- clark
      Te- Gonzalez
      k- Akers
      D- Steelers

      Having trouble choosing between my options at wr and rb

      • nic 3:26 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Wr- D. Jackson just to clear up

        • bryan 3:32 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply


          The guy was on his way to a breakout year and had a bad injury. He seems to be fully recovered, atleast from reports.

        • Brandon 3:35 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          @bryan: too many question marks for Anthony Gonzalez at this point. While he was out with injury, two pretty good players stepped up and filled his spot (Garcon/Collie.) Now Manning needs to figure out who he wants to throw the ball to between those three when Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark aren’t open. Maybe things will sort themselves out early in the year, but my guess is Wayne and Garcon are top WR’s, with Collie and Gonzo sharing WR3 numbers.

      • Brandon 3:31 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just added the rest of your guys to the lists. Hopefully it helps!

    • Christy 4:35 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, MN above Chicago on defense when one is playing NO and the other Detroit? I have both defenses and bleed purple, but I’m playing the Bears this week. Hope it pays off.

      • Brandon 4:39 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That was a tough one. Minnesota defense was solid last year, while the Bears defense was nothing to write home about. Plus, I’m thinking the Lions offense has improved a lot this year.

        However, I hate starting players (or DEF) in a Thursday night game. If they end up doing poorly, you’re regretting it for 3 days!

        • Christy 5:03 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah. I think part of it is the scarring from the MN/NO playoff last year. The game will be high-stakes enough as it is without relying on MN for my defense score. Still a few hours to change my mind though…

      • Brandon 9:32 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        My wife likes your website with all the cats by the way, hah

    • Reed 5:01 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How about Cotchery Vs Royal? Yes, i am that weak at reciever!

      • Shane 6:41 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Oak TE or Min TE?

        • Brandon 10:19 am on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Sorry I got to this one too late. Did you start Shiancoe or Zach Miller? Shiancoe had a solid game and should be great this year.

        • Shane 1:15 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I Started Shiancoe and i was pleased he got a TD. That was a great drive for him capped off with a stellar catch for the score.

        • Brandon 1:16 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Nice! I obviously would have picked him over Miller πŸ™‚ No, but seriously, I probably would have. I think he’ll be great this year, especially with the apparent trust/lack-of-skill issues at the wide receiver position for the Vikings.

      • Reed 5:33 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        In a PPR league, and I just have a hunch about playing McCluster over F. Jones. Are you completely against that? Also, could you add McCluster to to spreadsheet?

    • Larry 9:34 am on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Guys, Do you see Gore getting off against Seattle this week. I also would like to tap your brain on which WR/RB to start behind Welker and DeSean Jackson this week. I can choose between Best against Bears, Evans ( Miami ), Nicks ( Carolina), Gaffney ( Jags) or Floyd against ( KC). Love your blog. Thanks

      • Brandon 10:26 am on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just added the rest of your players to the rankings. To answer your question though, I think Gore will be solid against Seattle. No reason to consider benching him. As for your flex position, I’d take the risk on Jahvid Best and see what he can do.

    • SNIKSDER 10:23 am on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have a flex spot and currently have Steve Smith (Carolina) slated to start, but I wonder if I should sit him in favor of either CJ Spiller or Tim Hightower this week.

      • Brandon 10:30 am on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I know Matt loves Tim Hightower this season and would probably pick him, but I’m leaning towards Steve Smith. Last year with Matt Moore at QB, Smith had some solid games and hopefully this season picks right back up where they left off.

        • SNIKSDER 11:02 am on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I know, it’s tempting, but my gut says the same thing…Thanks for the sanity check. New to the site, but I’ll be back a lot this season…

    • The Don 11:50 am on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      hows about chris cooley?

    • Christy 3:36 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Who should I play at flex this week? (non-PPR) Malcom Floyd, Jamaal Charles or Santana Moss?

      • Christy 3:40 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        P.S. As of right now the other people I’m playing at RB and WR are Mendenhall, J. Best, R. Moss, and H. Ward.

      • Brandon 3:41 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Jamaal Charles. He’s probably the lowest risk AND highest possible reward. Best of both worlds!

    • Jen 7:52 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      WR – Start 2, standard scoring. DeSean Jackson is a lock. Unsure of who to start as number 2:
      Hines Ward
      Santana Moss
      Lee Evans
      Mohamed Massaquoi

      Typically, I would lean towards Ward, but I’m concerned with Dennis Dixon throwing to him. Same goes for Moss, as I’m concerned McNabb may not be 100%. And the other two are just wild cards. Recommendations?

      • Brandon 9:54 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Stick with Ward. No need to make a judgement on Hines Ward without even seeing how it goes in the first game. Maybe Dixon LOVES Ward and throws at him 20 times or something, hah. Moss, Evans and Massaquoi are too inconsistent to start in the first game without a small sampling of what they’re up to this year.

    • Larry 8:05 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I see you placed Welker on your list pretty high. Do you think he will get enough touches ? He might be a bit slow coming back from the injury. Would you consider hicks, floyd or best viable alternatives ? Rate them on your taste. Thanks.

      • Brandon 9:55 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Maybe he got a small boost because I’m a Pats fan πŸ™‚ But seriously I think he’ll be fine.

    • Larry 8:11 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon, you answered this question somewhat earlier. Just was 2nd quessing Welkers effectiveness this week. Would he be a better start then the aforementioned ?

      Again, gracias…

      • Brandon 9:48 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’d actually probably go with Jahvid Best over Welker and Nicks (and Floyd.) I think he will be the safest play and will definitely get the touches. If you’re looking at a pure WR position and if it’s a PPR league, then I’d definitely stick with Welker, but if not you might consider going with Hakeem Nicks. I have them both ranked around the same spot this Sunday.

      • Brandon 9:49 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Interesting how I call a rookie RB play the “safest”, hah. Just realized that that’s usually a contradiction, but he really will have no competition for carries and the Bears defense wasn’t the greatest last year.

    • Phil 1:14 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can you add steve smith car to the list.

      • Brandon 9:52 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Consider him added! As you can see, I’m very interested (and optimistic) on the Moore-to-Smith connection πŸ™‚

    • Larry 11:26 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon, Thanks for the reply. PATS FAN, Nobody’s perfect lol , I probaby should have clarified earlier I’m in a standard league 2RB’s, 2WR’s and a RB/WR Flex.

      Need to choose between Nicks, Best, Welker, and Floyd. I’m already set with Dsean Jackson at #1 WR. My RB’s are Mathews and Gore. With sleepers Dez Bryant and Lee Evans. Being somewhat a noobie, what;s the deal with RB/WR anyway ?

    • Larry 11:43 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Bears D should be better this year at least early with Urlacher, Peppers, and Greene back. That said, I agree that Best really has nobody else pushing him for touches.

    • Larry 11:48 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My bad that’s Briggs back as well not Greene. Pretty solid when healthy with Tommie Harris as well.

      • Brandon 12:30 pm on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah that’s true, we’ll see. Just seems that last year the offense was turning the ball over a lot and not producing as expected, so the defense was probably stretched a little more than they would have liked to be.

    • Larry 11:56 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Just picked up Cadilac Williams as a free agent. Add him to the mix, How’s he sound this week as the 3rd RB over Best or Welker at the flex. Roster is srarting to take shape. Love the 1st week in a 10 team league.

      • Brandon 12:35 pm on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, now you’re complicating things even more! That’s a tough one actually, but I think I’d stay with Best in the flex spot. I’m a bit worried about Tampa Bay’s offense to start the season.

        For your WR2, stick with my boy Welker. It’s believed that Nicks will emerge as the top receiver for the G-Men, but last year it was Steve Smith and who knows if that will change right away. As long as Welker plays the whole game, you know he’ll see plenty of targets.

    • JONES 1:48 pm on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Where do you guys rank Brandon Marshall? Does he have a better week than Benson or Best?

      • Brandon 10:39 am on September 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just added Brandon Marshall to the list. As for your flex spot, I’d go with Cedric Benson. He’s the safest bet going into week 1, since you know he’ll be the main guy in the Bengals rushing attack, while the other two have questions (Marshall – new team, Best – rookie.) Good luck!

    • Lindsay 3:36 pm on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Okay, so if anyone has a quick minute to help out, I need some suggestions for my RBs and WRs. This is a PPR league and I feel my team is a little lacking. I need 3 WRs and 2 RBs…I already played Pierre Thomas at my flex.

      WR… Reggie Wayne, Mike Sims-Walker, Mike Wallace, Austin Collie, Chris Chambers

      RB…Arian Foster, Matt Forte, Cedric Benson

      I also wondered about Vincent Jackson…I picked him up at the end of our draft in the hopes that he would either figure out his contract with SD or get traded and I would have him from the 4th game through the rest of the season. SHould I keep him or get rid of him and pick someone else up? There isn’t much on the waiver wire, but I could pick up Jabar Gaffney. Anyway, thanks for the help.

      I did look at the rankings on the list above, so according to that I should probably play Wayne, Sims-Walker, and Wallace and then Foster and Forte…do you still feel that way? Thanks

      • Brandon 10:47 am on September 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Lindsay, I’d drop Chris Chambers and pick up Jabar Gaffney.

        As for your RB/WR spots, go with what I have on the rankings. I would have preferred you started all of those running backs over Pierre Thomas at the flex spot, but too late for that! Good luck πŸ™‚

    • Lindsay 3:42 pm on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      P.S. Reggie Wayne is not on the list above, but I am assuming he would be above my other WRs.

      • Brandon 10:49 am on September 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Added Wayne…top receiver of the ones listed!

    • TJ 5:46 pm on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys,
      I can choose from Floyd, Knox or Garcon for my second WR. You have Floyd ranked way below the other two, I was curious about your reasoning there – is it the SD Oline that’s a concern, or the thought that SD will be running more because they’ll be ahead…..

      Also, could you add Schaub to the list.

      • Brandon 10:42 am on September 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just added Schaub.

        In terms of Malcom Floyd, the reason why he’s ranked below the others is because I’m a bit concerned that he has what it takes to step up and fill the shoes of the hold-out, Vincent Jackson. This could end up being a WR1 by committee situation in San Diego, with Antonio Gates being the primary target and the others (Crayton, Naanee, and Floyd) splitting the rest of the targets. Maybe it turns out that I’m wrong after this week, which will be great for you, but I just see him as bit risky to start the season.

    • Luke 11:55 pm on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      ahmad bradshaw or cj spiler?

      • Brandon 10:43 am on September 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Bradshaw. He’s been promoted to starter at the RB position, while Spiller is an untested rookie and who knows what he’ll end up doing.

    • Nero 2:01 am on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      ok, so I’m down about 16 points to my opponent … he has the NYJ defense going still whereas I have 2 offensive players going – one of them being Jamaal Charles. I have a decision to make at WR … I currently have Boldin in as my starter, BUT I also have Legedu Naanee on the bench … what should I do? Revis Island will be on Boldin … Philip might throw the ball a ton … let me know your thoughts. I think Naanee has a strong game … anyone else thinking that – they do have a lot of weapons there tho: Gates, Floyd, Matthews, Crayton … only ones I’m worried about is Gates + Floyd catching balls … Flacco throws to Rice, Boldin, Housh, Mason, Heap … hmmm

      • Brandon 8:27 am on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a tough one there. I have both on one of my teams as well, but I’m actually starting them both, so that doesn’t help you. On my rankings, I have Boldin quite a bit ahead of Naanee for a couple of reasons. First, we have a proven track record for Boldin, even if it was with another team. Second, I figure Revis can’t cover Boldin, Mason AND Housh, so it won’t make sense for them to have him stick to just one guy the entire game (at least I hope!) Third, I’m still not sold on Malcom Floyd, nevermind Legedu Naanee. I have a feeling Rivers will be throwing the ball a lot to Antonio Gates and Sproles out of the backfield when they aren’t running and then Floyd/Naanee/Crayton will clean up the scraps. It’s hard to say definitively with this being week one and all, but I’d keep Boldin in there and hope for the best. Good luck!

    • Nero 3:45 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon, I went with my gut and played naanee … the jets D got my opponent 12 points, so goin into the nightcap game I was down a total of 30 … charles and naanee got me a total of 33 … w00t! sometimes you just gotta roll the dice … both boldin and naanee had strong games … might have to think of relegating meachem to the bench …. cheers!

      • Brandon 10:43 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Nice! Yeah based on what we saw in week one, Boldin and Naanee could end up being much safer plays than Robert Meachem on a weekly basis. You got lucky with Jamaal Charles, who scored almost all of his points on a long touchdown run πŸ™‚

    • brad 2:23 pm on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Really???? Thomas Jones and Fred Jackson on the list, but no Jamaal Charles?

  • Brandon 9:53 pm on September 7, 2010 Permalink
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    Ask the Geeks – Week 1: Open Forum 

    With the regular season only two nights away, it’s time to get serious with the answering of questions for the geeks. Β Here’s an open forum to formally post any questions you may have going into week 1. We kick it off with a question that I already responded to by e-mail due to the time sensitivity (he had a draft tonight!) but thought it could help some other people out there. Anyways, ask away!

    e-roc asks:

    Q1) Does the addition of TJ Housh upgrade Flacco?
    Q2) Does the move from SEA to BAL upgrade TJ Housh?
    Q3) Is Vincent Jackson worth a late-round pick? Or will he turn out to be this year’s Javon Walker?

    Brandon says:

    1. Yes, but not a whole lot. Can’t make him a worse quarterback though, can it? πŸ™‚
    2. Not really. He might end up seeing a few less targets now with Boldin and Mason around, but he could find it easier to get open with defenses focusing on those other players, not to mention Ray Rice flying around in the backfield.
    3. He’s definitely worth a late round pick. If the Chargers passing game is struggling after a couple weeks, they’re going to want V-Jax back in the starting line-up right away and will make something work. If they trade him, then you have a solid receiver…just on a different team.

    • e-roc 8:07 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Snagged V-Jax In the 17th round (out of 18). My fingers are crossed….

      I also passed on Joe Flacco – twice – and ended up with Kolb and Cutler (and Stafford).

    • e-roc 8:16 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Please evaluate/rate my team. I’m calling it “Team Potential w/Favorable Match-ups”. My strategy was position-based and adjusted for strength-of-schedule.

      Notable scoring items in a very high scoring league (i.e. scoring average was 140 pts/week – 180 great week, 120 terrible week):
      > 6 pts per PaTD, 1 PPR (WR-TE), 0.5 PPR (RB), big play TD bonuses (30,40,50 yds), threshold bonuses (100 RuYd or ReYds, 250 PaYds, etc.).

      QBs – Kolb, Cutler, Matt Moore (correction, missed out on Stafford)
      RBs – MJD, R. Mathews, CJ Spiller, J. Forsett
      WRs – Desean Jackson, S.Smith (NYG), H. Nicks, D.Driver, V.Jackson.
      TEs – V. Davis, D.Keller
      DEF – 49ers, Saints
      K – Crosby, Nedney

      • Brandon 3:50 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Not too bad. Not a fan of owning both Steve Smith (NYG) AND Hakeem Nicks, as unless you start both every week, you’re going to have a heck of a time picking between the two. Kolb and Cutler should hold down the QB position, just rotate them depending on the match-ups. Good luck starting this Thursday!

    • e-roc 5:00 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Brandon! I think Nicks & Little Giant will be match-up plays on a week-by-week basis. I know I’ll have issues with who gets the nod on certain occasions, but I also see it as a hedging play: 1) keeps him off anyone else’s team; 2) if one or the other gets injured, the other guy’s stock instantly sky-rockets.

      Thanks again!

    • Kulprit 3:55 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Today I was offered a straight up trade of Ray Rice for A. Johnson. (fyi: I have Johnson)

      For some background here is my squad:
      QB: Rogers
      RB1: Mendenhall
      RB2: Spiller
      WR1: Johnson
      WR2: Jennings
      WR3: Knox
      TE: Finnely
      K: Kaeding
      Def: Bengals

      RB: Moreno
      RB: R. Williams
      RB: T. Jones
      WR: Nicks
      QB: Big Ben.

      As you can see I am real weak at the top for RB, but lack depth at WR. I’d love to get my hands on Rice and like the value-for-value of the trade. I just worry if it makes sense for my team overall.

      Right now i am considering tabling the trade until after this week. We are only allowed to add/drop once a week in a bidding system so I can’t add anyone at WR and trading away Johnson will really weaken my corps for Week 1. I am thinking holding off on the trade till next week where I can pull the trigger, and also pick up another WR off the market or if one of my backs has a good week try to trade one.

      Would love your thoughts!

      • Brandon 4:05 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’d make the trade if I were you, as I like the trio of Jennings/Knox/Nicks enough at WR to hold you down, while having Mendenhall and Rice at RB is great. You can then trade some RB depth for WR help or just grab a free agent if necessary. If the trade is still going to be there after week one though, then by all means wait. Maybe you can package AJ with another running back and in return, get Rice and another wide receiver.

      • Brandon 4:06 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        By the way, would you happen to be @BrianTMiller on Twitter? I can’t imagine two people in the same day were offered that trade πŸ™‚

        • Kulprit 4:22 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          haha yep – I was typing this as you were answering me on twitter – then I was answering you on twitter as you were typing this, lol

          Thanks for the feedback – I was just trying to avoid a lustful over-reaction for Ray Rice. He was my big pickup Week 1 free agent pickup last year that drove me to Championship in another league, so I love the guy, haha, wanted to make sure it made real sense.

          (to be fair I do see how the trade makes sense for the other guy in the trade, he has a lot of RB horses in his barn)

        • Kulprit 4:24 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          If I did the trade I’d probably drop Ricky and T-Jones and roll with Rice-Mendenhall-Spiller as my 3 backs.

          I’d probably pick up someone like Berrian or Mike Williams (both still avail) and also grab Santonio Holmes with an eye for when he returns (also avail)

          This is assuming I couldn’t find a good trade prior to this.

      • Brandon 4:27 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Santonio Holmes is an excellent candidate for WR help. He’s out for a few games, but he will probably be the teams top WR when he returns, which is probably when you’ll need him.

    • chidelt57 6:19 pm on September 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m struggling to get my TE lineup established for this weak. I currently am playing Tony Gonzalez and have Heath Miller Benched but I don’t know if I should play Miller against tenn. Defense or bank on Gonzalez finding openings in arizona’s defense? Any ideas?

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